Run, Blago, Run!

Graffiti stencil of former gov pops up around city

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    Former Governor Rod Blagojevich could often be spotted in the Ravenswood area jogging in his familiar tracksuit. Recently, he's been turning up all over the city, always glancing over his shoulder at anyone who catches sight of him.

    A black graffiti stencil of Blago has been painted on a handful of concrete walls around the city. The mural portrays the infamous politician in a jogging stance, though the look on his face suggests he is fleeing from someone.

    The image began appearing around town a few weeks ago. It's been found in a downtown alley behind Macy's (111 N State St) and on a viaduct at 16th Street and Union Avenue.

    Artist Ray Noland, 36, is selling a poster version of the likeness entitled "Run, Blago, Run!" When interviewed by the Tribune, he declined to comment on how the design found its way on random walls. Instead, he suggested that anyone could have swiped the image from his website.

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    A black graffiti stencil popping up around the city shows former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wearing his familiar jogging suit.

    But he did predict that the mural "will probably continue to pop up around the city."

    Matt Bartosik is a blogger and the editor of Off the Rocks' next issue.